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All the Weyrs of Pern (Pern (Publication Order) #11)

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For generations, the dragonriders had dedicated their lives to fighting Thread, the dreaded spores that periodically rained from the sky to ravage the land. On the backs of their magnificent telepathic dragons they flew to flame the deadly stuff out of the air before it could reach the planet's surface. But the greatest dream of the dragon riders was to find a way to eradi ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published September 10th 1997 by Del Rey (first published 1991)
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Amanda R
This is by far my favorite Pern book, and probably the last truly good one she wrote before they really started going downhill. I love fantasy and I love sci-fi, so you give me a story about traveling in space on a dragon and I am in heaven. So many interesting ideas and concepts, about space travel, time travel, dragons, and all of my favorite Pernese characters, even Sorka and Sean. Wonderful, wonderful book.
Okay . . . I'm done with Pern for now. Why read it . . . at my age!?

Well, being sci-fi and fantasy geek all one's young life can wear off after an adult lifetime of earning a living and raising a family (or starting a new one as in my case). Now middle aged, I remember the series and also recall I never read it although my adolecent friends in the highschool sci-fi club were all enthused about it. The decades passed and I found (and still find) that I'm in need of something to which I can listen
Apr 26, 2012 Curtiss rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
I was gratified to finally read in 2007 how my old friends F'lar and Lessa managed to eliminate the threadfall forever in this installment of the Dragonriders of Pern books, which I began reading back in 1967 when "Dragonflight" was first published in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact magazine in three successive issues. "Hooray" for F'lar!- for finally destroying his nemesis, with the help of the recently discovered AIVAS, forgotten in the buried ruins of the colonist's landing site for over ...more
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A re-read -- not quite as magical as when I read it in high school, but I am still a sucker for a) fantasy, b) sci-fi, c) origin stories and d) fictional worlds discovering their own origin stories (particularly that last one). Also a treat just having recently read Dragonsdawn, since it echoes so nicely.
It's been forever since I read bits and pieces of the series, but this book will always stand out in my mind. I have long since forgotten all the details, but I remember being deeply satisfied with this story. I read it before realizing how expansive this universe was, and once I read it I needed more. Unfortunately I felt that none of the other books lived up to this one, but this book made me care about Pern and it's inhabitants.

Unfortunately, years later, i went back and re-read a few of the
Brent Williamson
That book was pretty awful, but I felt I had to get through it to finish the main "thread" of the story. McCaffrey has no sense of climax, conflict, or tension. The main conflict of the story was predistened to be succesful, and what should have been a thrilling climax turned out to be a little more than an errand, followed by a little waiting to see what would happen. McCaffrey frequently has this problem; any real conflict is either resolved to quickly, or is hardly a conflict at all. Characte ...more
Kelly Vergara
This book is the reason I failed 7th grade history. The first story where I appreciated the craft of writing and how it makes your mind it's plaything, throwing out the conventions you're used to though you don't yet have the vocabulary to convey any of these abstract concepts. Usually bubbling forth in a wide-eyed stare or in a gasp sounding like the word "woah".

The author expands on her mythos with fragments from the past resembling the minutia of our current technology and beyond.

"Will I li
Unlike many other creators of alternate worlds, Anne McCaffery continues to mine fresh ore from the soil of her imagined reality. Her storytelling is good, too.
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I definately remember reading this one, back in the day when there was fan-weyrs at most every con...
Ralph McEwen
I am really enjoying this series and this book in particular.
All The Weyrs of Pern - Dragonriders of Pern Series by Anne McCaffrey

Jaxom Lord of Ruatha rider of the white dragon Ruth follow the images that fire lizards give them to the original landing site on Pern.

He notifies the most important people on Pern, Masterharper Robinton and Weyrleaders F'lar And Lessa and the excavation of "Landing" begins.
They uncover the Aivas (Artifical Inteleigence Voice-Adress System) building and find the computer Aivas still functioning. It's prime directive to find aw
I can't remember if I read this one previously or not. But reading it as part of my journey through the Pern books again, I have to say it holds up pretty well.

The direct sequel to both The White Dragon and Dragonsdawn (and perhaps another one in there I did not read), the book describes how "modern" Pern responds to the re-discovery of the heritage of the colonists - and their ancestors - who settled on Pern 2500 years or so prior.

A major character is an artificial intelligence system known a
Oh, Anne McCaffrey. I almost didn't pick this up when I was looking for something to re-read because I was like, "what is there to get excited about in this book?" Y'know, besides acting as the climax-book of the Pern series as a whole. But I went with it out of nostalgia and swept through it quickly, and as always, got a little misty-eyed at all the key character moments for F'lar, Jaxom, and Robinton. As the tvtropes wiki points out, this book has a fantastic CMOA or two (Crowning Moment of Aw ...more
L. Gibbs
I enjoyed this book by Anne McCaffrey. I read some of the reviews written about it before deciding to read the book. I had read several of her books, and though the few reviews I read were not particularly positive, I felt I would read ALL THE WEYRS OF PERN in any case. But two points mentioned in the reviews stuck out to me, and I watched for them as I read, a positive and negative aspect of reading what other people think, for one cannot help but be influenced even marginally by what others sa ...more
Anne McCaffrey's world of Pern is one of my favorite world-building series. I think as a girl growing up in the 50's and 60's, I was the perfect target for the Dragonrider books. Having been told I could not pursue either of my dream careers (astronaut or [large-animal] veterinarian) simply because I was a girl really crushed me. Along comes Lessa, destined to become the greatest dragon rider of all Pern. I was caught up and transported to this strange world where a girl beat the odds. And on dr ...more
The Dragonriders are exhausted, having fought Thread for many years, and the deadly spores are still falling. However, a trip to the Southern part of Pern uncovers a hidden treasure – the AIVAS computer that was part of the original settlers' legacy to the people of Pern. In the computer are many lost knowledge parts, one of which I found very amusing – the difference in speech patterns between the original and the current settlers. The vanity of the people had convinced them that the pronunciat ...more
For someone who's largely uninitiated within the Pern universe, this book was a pleasurable journey back to the world of dragons, dragonriders and harpermasters.

I've only read one other Anne McCaffrey book, the Masterharper of Pern, so for me reading this book was a great way for me to understand the precarious situation of pitting a largely agrarian society versus (however ironically) a return to true Pernese roots. Instead of simply aligning the current culture with the re-discovery of Aivas,
If you're looking to read all the classic "Dragonriders of Pern" stories, then I'd suggest reading up to this point, and no further. Some authors wouldn't be able to do such a complete shift in their writing, from a fantasy-medieval-type setting into a futuristic technological utopia, but McCaffrey manages to pull it off. You have all the characters you've grown familiar with from the previous seven books, and you get to see them adapt to all the changes that are coming into this world.

Are there
This is a really long book. I think McCaffrey wants to be Tolkien by creating a fantasy world that we want to inhabit. This is on the planet Pern very much into the future, populated 2,000 years ago. The initial settles were highly technological with artificial intelligence (AI), but their civilization deteriorated, and now the inhabitants are tribal without technology, but with evolved dragons from a genetic modification of lizards. The dragons bond with one human rider, and they can transmit t ...more
Douglas H Argent
What I am about to say may be applied to most of the Anne McCaffrey tales.
You immerse yourself and enjoy, most of the various episodes involving Pern and it's culture of Dragon Riders are pure fantasy accepting that, you go into the realms of the science of engrams, neurological bonding with such beasts, the writing styles did alter over time as you would expect, the strengths of the stories waxed and waned.
All in all the books captivate the imagination in a world far removed from our modern tim
From School Library Journal

YA-- AIVAS, the Artificial Intelligence Voice Address System that was a part of the original colonists' settlement, is unearthed on the Southern continent after having been buried for generations. This latest volume in the Pern saga deals with the reactions of the various lords, dragonriders, and craftsmen as they realize the impact the artificial intelligence will have on their culture and traditions. With its help, F'lar, Robinton, Lessa, Menolly, and all of the ot

Mouais... C'est looonnng ! En fait, mis à part les cinquantes dernières pages, je dois dire que j'ai eu bien du mal à avancer sur ce bouquin. Je connaissais pourtant l'univers de la Ballade de Pern, ayant déjà lu plusieurs tomes de la série, et les ayant appréciés, mais là... Est-ce parce qu'on est en dehors de cet univers justement ? Les Pernais ont retrouvé l'accès aux connaissances et aux vaisseaux de leurs ancêtres, et l'action ne se déroule plus vraiment dans l'univers médiéval-fantastique ...more
This was a pretty good pern installment. I think I'm getting burnt out on these. When they were still working through what AIVAS wanted them to do and learning the science they had lost there was a lot of tension and it worked for me. But the reveal of the AIVAS plan about 3/4 through just flattened all of that out and I slogged through the last 100 pages or so. The last couple of pages were a good pay off, but only if you've read all of the Pern books and have attachments to these characters. A ...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
All the Weyrs of Pern brings us to the discovery of Aivas in the hope to see the destruction of Thread. With Aivas's guidance and knowledge to bring Pern up to date with lost knowledge of their ancestors. F'lar, Lessa, Piemur, Jancis, and Jaxom leading the way inspite of the few dissenters against all Aivas brings in the way of new ideas, thoughts, and knowledge. Deadly Thread must still be fought until it can be stopped forever. A few people try to destroy Aivas and are ruthlessly stopped by Ai ...more
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."

I was rather surprised when, toward the very end of the book, Ecclesiates 3:1 was quoted, particularly since the series has been completely devoid of any religious reference.

As for the book, it is alright. While I like science fiction and I like fantasy, I'm not all that keen on putting the two together. While it works alright, and McCaffrey includes the strains major technological shifts put on a culture, it's ju
• This is a great story in and of itself and also a fitting way to bring about the end of the menace to Pern. There were some parts that I think could have been slightly more dramatic. It seemed like too much went right. There weren’t enough problems. It also took a ton of drama out of the end when Jaxom went forward in time to see if the mission was a success. Why did A.M. bother putting that in? I understand that having Robinton die was necessary. I was sad to see him die, but what bothered me ...more
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two
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Pern (Publication Order) (1 - 10 of 24 books)
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